New upgrades to make left turns safer for pedestrians, drivers

Garden City – Starting this week, the Ada County Highway District will begin rolling out new software and controller upgrades to traffic signals with flashing yellow arrows. The software is designed to help eliminate the conflict that can occur between vehicles turning on a flashing yellow arrow and pedestrians trying to cross the road.

Image showing traffic signal

With these upgrades, when a pedestrian push button is activated, vehicles will not get a flashing yellow turn arrow while the pedestrians have the signal to cross.

“This is a relatively new software upgrade, and as soon as it was made available to us, we jumped on bringing it to Ada County,” said, Gary Inselman, ACHD Deputy Director of Development and Technical Services. “Safety is our top priority, so anytime we have an opportunity to make the roads safer we take it.”

The first intersection to receive these upgrades will be Adams Street and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in Garden City. This will begin on Tuesday, June 25th. Over the next few weeks, four more signals will be upgraded, and over the next year all intersections with flashing yellow arrows will be upgraded.